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Rhodes, Asiata inactive, but Adrian Peterson set to return for Vikings

Rhodes, Asiata inactive, but Adrian Peterson set to return for Vikings

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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No surprises for the Minnesota Vikings as running back Adrian Peterson is active and should start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Kickoff is at noon CT. 

Running back Matt Asiata (ankle) was also listed as questionable and is inactive. The Vikings upgraded running back Joe Banyard from the practice squad on Saturday and he should serve as the team's third running back. Toby Gerhart (hamstring) was probable and will play. 


Rookie guard Jeff Baca is active despite Brandon Fusco's return to the starting lineup. Baca played three snaps as run support in last week's win over the Philadelphia Eagles and all three plays resulted in rushing touchdowns. 

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was ruled out on Friday and is inactive. A mixture of cornerbacks Shaun Prater, Marcus Sherels, Chris Cook and Robert Blanton will be the Vikings' rotation. 

Quarterback Josh Freeman has been inactive for all but three games since joining the Vikings in October. 

The Bengals had to deactivate starting linebacker James Harrison as he's still recovering from a concussion. 


Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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